If it’s not news when a dog bites a man, then it’s not news when somebody walks on a doormat.

So it’s probably best not to read anything into a late season win over the second-worst team in the NHL, not when your own writing had been on the wall for weeks.

But, hey, it beats losing, and after six games of misery the Edmonton Oilers will take all the positive energy they can get from a convincing 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

“You’re just pissed off,” said Jordan Eberle, part of a cast of youngsters who’d gone missing during the lengthy and costly slump. “You lose six in a row and offensively nothing’s going for you ... it’s been a battle, nothing was going in for me. When your team is losing and you’re not contributing, it can be tough.”

In beating the 29th place Avs for the fourth time in five games this season, the Oilers got a big night from their re-awakened cast of youngsters. Eberle had a goal and two assists, Justin Schultz had a goal and an assist, Magnus Paajarvi had two assists and finished plus 3 and Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal.